Pop Stars and Flop Stars: That Drake Reign Just Won’t Let Up, Demi Lovato Remains Your Struggle Fav
Welcome back to Pop Stars and Flop Stars, which, as I explained earlier, is a revitalized (and shortened) restructuring of the feature formerly called Pop Power Ranking. Here’s the drill: each week, I’ll name a Pop Star — someone who secured the lion’s share of No. 1s, trophies, and/or other cultural gold stars (both tangible and intangible) — and one Flop Star who… well, you get the idea. And that’s about all there is to say. Let’s get into it.
This Week’s Pop Star: Drake
Oh, look who’s No. 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Album 200! It’s Drake. Again. It’s impressive, and yet there’s hardly anything left to say. Except this: Views has now spent nine consecutive weeks at No. 1, more than any male artist’s album since Billy Ray Cyrus’ Some Gave All in 1992. And this: By topping the singles chart (for the the last seven weeks) and album chart (for the last nine weeks) concurrently, Drake ties Michael Jackson’s 1983 record. (Jackson posted up at No. 1 on both charts for seven consecutive weeks with “Billie Jean” and Thriller.) And this: As our friends at Idolator point out, Views has spent more weeks at No. 1 this year than every other album by a male artist combined.
- Beyoncé, whose still-sweet Lemonade rises back up to No. 2 on the Album 200
- Adele, whose 25 rebounds into the Album 200 Top 10 after finally being released to streaming platforms last week
- Meghan Trainor, whose Thank You is back in the Top 10 and whose current single, “Me Too,” is finally gaining traction on the charts
This Week’s Flop Star: Demi Lovato
“Body Say” what? Body say: Demi Lovato’s new single, “Body Say,” released a paltry eight months after her last album, Confident, is hardly shaping up to be a massive summer smash or anything even close. (It appears it’s not even on iTunes, despite seeing official release last week.) Body also say: Lovato’s tour with Nick Jonas — the embarrassingly titled Honda Civic Future Now Tour — appears to be struggling with ticket sales, as reports of hugely discounted family packages and free ticket giveaways roll in. Body finally say: the
Honda Civic future isn’t bright for everyone.
- No one comes close, honestly…